published Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Final Edition

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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nucanuck said...

An apology before Parliament should be enough to set things right.

July 20, 2011 at 12:23 a.m.
bret said...

If Clay turns up missing we'll know why.

July 20, 2011 at 12:52 a.m.
librul said...

Maybe somebody hacked his great white phone!?!?!?

July 20, 2011 at 1:11 a.m.
Clara said...

It would be interesting should the hackers decide to hack our big American banks and their executives. Yes! I am thinking of one particular bank. I feel sorry for the peons that work there. I imagine they feel they are existing on a razor's edge.

July 20, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.
woody said...

All of this Rupert Murdoch 'hub-bub' ranks right up(?) there with..wait a second..let me see..hmmmmm..No, I got nothing..Woody

July 20, 2011 at 5:42 a.m.
fairmon said...

The media loves it and will wear it out for weeks unless they can find another stoning event to capatilize on.

July 20, 2011 at 6 a.m.
EaTn said...

Forty years ago we had a similar right-wing effort to illegally gain information--remember Watergate? Hopefully this Murdock empire folly will open the eyes of some of his hard-core news fans.

July 20, 2011 at 6:11 a.m.
mymy said...

As much as the left has attacked FOX NEWS here, I will wait for more info myself. More important things are what is current in this country now. Here is an interesting interview about Obama's lost generation: the youth that supported Obama and their future. When will they wake up? My guess is not soon enough.

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/1066224048001/president-obamas-lost-generation/?playlist_id=87069

July 20, 2011 at 7:07 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Someone should make a role of toilet paper that features the history of Clay Bennett cartoons.

Cheryl Crow could make an appropriate deposit on each now useful cartoon as it made its way to its final resting place.

July 20, 2011 at 7:26 a.m.
jimbob said...

I have to agree with Woody on this one.

July 20, 2011 at 7:26 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

This is all OBAMA'S fault!!!! I dont know just thought i would beat the other loonies to it this morning...

July 20, 2011 at 8:16 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

no, bigbearzzz...it's not obama's fault...

but you will find the constitution in obama's favorite bathroom.

July 20, 2011 at 8:26 a.m.
rolando said...

Ouch!, Libertarian...

July 20, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Generally speaking, I’ve always found that approaches and attitudes in the workplace usually stem from the top on down. If Rupert Murdoch and son were concerned about facts, the employees at Fox News would be concerned about facts. If Rupert Murdoch and son valued legal newsgathering practices, the senior employees at News of the World wouldn’t be under investigation and facing criminal charges for illegal telephone hacking.

July 20, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.
limric said...

It sure didn’t take long for the comments to become smelly today.

This is what propaganda looks like.

Who else, Fox News. After admitting they were afraid to talk about the News Corp scandal, they finally do a segment on it on their Sesame Street show - “Fox and Friends”, bringing in a hack who is somehow supposed to be an expert about this. Listen as Steve Doppelganger Ducy equates News Corp and their newspaper News of the World as the victims. Seriously. Talk about false equivalencies, they equate the hacking scandals at the Pentagon, Citicorp, Bank of America, and others, who were the victims of outside hackers, with News of the World, who were the perpetrators. You’ve got to watch this video, its great:

Now that you’ve watched the clip, read ‘mymy’s’ post again. Eerie isn’t it?

I think I’ll try FOX’s approach if I’m ever pulled over for speeding, or stopped at a Iraqi style roadblock in Georgia. "Yes officer, I was speeding, but why are you focusing on MY speeding? We've got a real speeding problem out here on the highways, and we need to focus on that speeding, not what I did...which was speeding."


Mountainlaurel,

Picture Murdoch as Captain Renault from the movie ‘Casablanca’ “I’M SHOCKED! SHOCKED, to hear illegal an immoral activities are taking place in my organizations.” Works pretty well doesn't it?

July 20, 2011 at 8:59 a.m.
whatsnottaken said...

Most newspapers would fit that role (roll), as each has a political agenda. I admit I lean well right of center, but even I can't stand Steve Douchey and the "Fair and Blanced" Fox and Fiends political hacking.

July 20, 2011 at 9:26 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

i was just kiddin about it being Obama's fault....the stupid overly sarcastic font on my computer isnt working again...

July 20, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

CLOSER TO HOME

I don't really care about the British tabloids. I'm more concerned about an allegation that Murdoch's minions hacked into the phones of 9/11 victims and their families. I am hopeful that the FBI has not been purchased by Murdoch the way Scotland Yard seems to have been, but NYC Police Commissioner at the time was Rudy Giuliani's handpicked guy, Bernie Kerik. Bernie, for those of you with a short memory, is now a convicted felon serving time.

And so, to all our 'Fox Friends' on this site, get your spin ready.

July 20, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Limric said: "Picture Murdoch as Captain Renault from the movie ‘Casablanca’ “I’M SHOCKED! SHOCKED, to hear illegal an immoral activities are taking place in my organizations.” Works pretty well doesn't it?"

Indeed, a perfect fit, Limric. Of course, a whitewashing job was to be expected by Fox News & Friends. It's not like Rupert Murdoch’s little Fox News boys have integrity, the freedom and enough courage to point out that what the American public should really be concerned and scared about are some of these sleazy unscrupulous barons like their boss who have more money and political power than most foreign governments. So much money and political power that they could very easily be the culprits responsible for some of these other hacking crimes like the ones that occurred at Pentagon, Citi Bank, Bank of America etc.

July 20, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
rolando said...

Joke of the Day [other than the cartoon]:

Pinocchio, Snow White, and Superman are out for a stroll in town one day.

As they walk, they come across a sign: "Beauty contest for the most beautiful woman in the world." "I am entering!" said Snow White. After half an hour she comes out and they ask her, "Well, how'd ya do?" " First Place !" said Snow White.

They continue walking and they see a sign: "Contest for the strongest man in the world." "I'm entering," says Superman. After half an hour, he returns and they ask him, "How did you make out?" " First Place ," answers Superman. "Did you ever doubt?"

They continue walking when they see a sign: "Contest! Who is the greatest liar in the world?" Pinocchio enters. After half an hour he returns with tears in his eyes.

"What happened?" they asked.

"Who the hell is Obama?" asked Pinocchio

July 20, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.

One thing is a sad fact. Murdoch severely changed Journalism in the free world. For him truth does not count at all. The check satisfies all means....

In the US he introduced a platform for the lunies where science and facts did not matter, as long as he appealed to a huge fringe-nut population. Thanks to him, stupidities like the world is 6000 years old, Jesus would carry a gun, and more guns equal more safety, etc, are regularly defended on his news outlets...

Murdoch should be banned to the moon (or Australia) for mass-damaging of human brains...

July 20, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.
limric said...

rolando, Here’s a gooder one. You’ll laugh so hard milk will come out of your nose.

Former President George W. Bush released a full, hard-cover review and analysis of several short stories written by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The new book, entitled Dostoevsky: A Deconstructive Analysis of Metaphysical Subtones, is expected to sell ten, and possibly up to one twenty copies to friends and relatives.

Dick Cheney said Bush always was more of a literary intellectual than a president, “If he wasn’t reading the latest from The Kenyon Review, The American Literary Review, or Oxford Essays in Criticism, George would be pouring over some manuscripts taken from the estates of Jean-Paul Sartre or Thomas Mann. He spent much of his presidency reviewing notes taken by Kerouac in the ‘40s and exploring hidden messages in The Grapes of Wrath. I’m just glad he let me run everything, otherwise this country would have been in trouble during our eight years in office.”

Following a book signing at his neighborhood Wal Mart, Bush said, “Now that I’ve got this out of the way, I can move on to the next big challenge for this year – watching all the Tom and Jerry cartoons I missed over these last few decades. Should be difficult, I’m still the decider (right Uncle Dick?), and I think I’m up for it.”

July 20, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
EaTn said...

Rolando--if liars grew noses like Pinocchio then DC would be a haven for Kleenex sales during their famous cherry blossom season.

July 20, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.

Limric,

this video is really incredible!!!!!!
The sad part is the FOX has its center position of NEW because your people are the "United Stupids of America"...

July 20, 2011 at 11:39 a.m.
mymy said...

limric: just made my point. There are more important things than this topic. Hacking is a big problem and so is what is happening to this country under Obama, Liar-in-Chief. The real Pinocchio!

July 20, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Limric said: "Dick Cheney said Bush always was more of a literary intellectual than a president."

Good one, Limric. . . Speaking of the Bush/Cheney duo, did you catch the “rumsfeldian” quote by James Murdoch? I missed it, but Talking Points Memo Muckraker has it.

James Murdoch said it was impossible to know whether the top brass at News Corporation should have known what was going on - Rumsfeldian style:

And I'm not saying that somebody should have told me. To my knowledge certain things were not known. And when new information came to light, with respect to my knowledge of these events, when the new information came to light, the company acted on it, and the company acted on it in a right and proper way as best the company could. But it's difficult to say that the company should have been told something if it's not known that a thing was a known fact to be told.” [James Murdoch]

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/murdochs_at_the_phone_hacking_hearings_we_didnt_even_know_there_was_anything_to_know.php?ref=fpblg

July 20, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
limric said...

austrian_in_alabama,

WHOA – Hold on thar Alpine Cajun – You are from Austria, right?- one of the cultural centers of the world. You live in Alabama, right? Literally, the swamp of new world enlightenment - and you espouse, “Your people are the "United Stupids of America." Do you not see the 3-story billboard of irony staring at you? Think man.

Whee  Dawgies!!

Moutainlaurel,

I have to admit, that quote is top shelf stuff. The more I read it the larger my smile becomes. You're right, it is pure Rumsfeldian. Maybe Murdoch used Shrubs new book (see above) as an outline. Thanks for sharing.


mymy,

And how pray tell did I make your point. The subject IS the cartoon. Try your Steve Ducy impersonations at a comedy club. At least there you can hear the crickets.

July 20, 2011 at 1:13 p.m.
mymy said...

Hacking is a major problem. Waiting for the investigation to be over re World News....How about banks, the Pentagon, etc. hacking?

Re Clays cartoons: just distractions from what the lefties are doing to this country. There needs to be a counter balance to Clay, but will never happen with the TFP.

July 20, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.
limric said...

mymy,

Did you or the Seamonkey recently post a video to You Tube explaining what lefties are doing to this country?
I think I found it. Your post production work is pretty good. Please make another one soon.

July 20, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Limric said: "Maybe Murdoch used Shrubs new book, "Dostoevsky: A Deconstructive Analysis of Metaphysical Subtones," as an outline."

In regard to W's new book, I guess W was right when he said people “misunderestimated” him. Indeed, who would have ever thought that George W. Bush speaks Russian fluently, and who would have ever thought that he has - as one of his most enamoured devotees recently pointed out - such a command of literary theoretical archetypes. [Wow & Whew]

As for Rupert Murdoch, I guess he doesn’t have to ask himself “is our children learning.” Clearly, Rupert Murdoch’s son has learned a lot from George W. and Rumsfeld. In fact, Fox News had a special on James Murdoch earlier today. According to Murdoch Jr., “we can have filters on Internets where public money is spent” real soon.

July 20, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.
alprova said...

limric, that's about the funniest video I've seen in awhile. I actually sat through the whole thing.

That's Sea Monkey for sure.

July 20, 2011 at 3 p.m.
mymy said...

Limric: Shame on you. You can find a lot of sad people on youtub. If no one challenged here, it would be interesting how long this site would be up.

Merging of Left Wing Blogs with Mainstream Media. No wonder you don't know what's going on. This is not journalism. It campaigning.

July 20, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

A NEW HIGH IN LAMENESS

Congratulations, MYMY posting 'Merging of Left Wing Blogs With Mainstream Media.' This is first class propaganda.

You, just like all knot headed conservatives, think that anyone who disagrees with you (or even strays from the republican party line) is either a liar or a flaming liberal or both.

Actually, the purity test is getting stricter. Now, not even all republicans are republican enough anymore if you know what I mean. Compromise is surrender.

Daily Koz IS a liberal blog. Media Matters is not. IMO they are as impartial as Politifact. By the way, in case you were wondering (but why let facts get in the way of good argument with yourself) Shuster and Olbermann are no longer on MSNBC. Kuric is no longer on CBS.

Run back now and get your next idea from Fox"News."

I want the eight minutes back I wasted watching that piece of garbage.

July 20, 2011 at 5:47 p.m.
mymy said...

LOL whatever

July 20, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.
blackwater48 said...

CAN'T ARGUE WITH THAT

MM thought and thought and thought again and came up with this blistering come back:

"LOL whatever"

Actually one of your more intelligent contributions. Keep up the good work!

July 20, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/

The UK phone hacking scandal is probably a violation of US law because News Corp employees apparently engaged in activities that seem to fit several descriptions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

NewsCorp is a US company. This appears to be the law that enables criminal prosecution as a response to companies who engage in these kinds of activities in foreign countries.

That law apparently specifically prohibits abusing the mail or communications to gain a competitive advantage in interstate commerce. There's another part which prohibits paying government officials to change their activities. It's pretty much a play-by-play of Murdoch's companies' activities.

We are overjoyed to realize that Senator Barbara Boxer of California sits on the Senate Commerce Committee. It is the only good political news I've heard all year.

Rupert Murdoch, meet Senator Boxer and the FBI. Please enjoy your fraud charges. Tonight's special includes marinated humiliation with a side order of felony convictions, followed by a dessert of Fox News flambe`. Sweet, flavorful and expensive.

July 20, 2011 at 9:07 p.m.
limric said...

mymy,

Maybe I'm just suffering from selective perception of reality. Seeing what I expect to see? Objective data is required to substantiate your veiled claim of liberal bias of the media when in fact it is a conservative one. Here are a few examples of how the right wing media-

have helped create the myth that social security is failing, paving the way for the realization of one of the right's political wet dreams: privatization.

perpetuate conservative myths about welfare and simultaneously turn a blind eye to corporate welfare.

sensationalize street crime, while ignoring and excusing corporate crime.

treat religious right groups with kid's gloves and thus help legitimize them in the public perception.

generally avoid reporting on the lunatic fringe of the right, such as militias, neo-Nazis and anti-abortion terrorists, and in particular, avoid examining the personal and ideological connections these groups have to the Republican party.

Report intelligent design as scientific fact while relegating evolution as 'just a theory'

all but ignore waste, mismanagement and corruption in the military-industrial complex.

downplayed protests against the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO etc by portraying protestors as leftist fringe groups, communists and anarchists.

Report corporate PR as legitimate scientific research.

Given these facts, your claim of the liberal media bias is shaky enough as it relates to major newspapers and television networks. But when I add radio into the picture, the claim becomes wholly preposterous. Conservative radio has been carpet bombing the nation with hard-right ideology, unbridled hatred towards liberals and Obama with distortions, lies and bogus science for years. Hate radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Mark Levin are heard by millions of people every day. Not exactly surprising, considering that corporate sponsors have a vested interest in supporting their pro-corruption voices, and suppressing progressive ones.

Not only does the liberal media claim have no basis in fact, it also does not make sense considering the issues of media ownership and influence of advertisers. Most media outlets are owned by a handful of conservative corporations and individuals. They’re funded by usually by economically conservative advertisers who have no need for an educated, alert, independent and critical citizenry. What they need is a dumb, bored, cynical and apathetic boobs that abandon all critical faculties and are easily distracted by celebrity gossip and mindless sports games. A public that will believe anything it is told, or nothing at all, which amounts to the same thing. This pro-corporate conservative bias of the media is well-documented and shows itself in consistent under-reporting or ignoring of any information that would lead people to question the fundamental status quo.

You need to wake up.

July 21, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.
Rufus_T_Firefly said...

So much for Conservative commitment to "Conserving" the Constitution.

Read some of the comments here and you get the feeling that the commitment is nothing but talk!

Blog................... >

July 21, 2011 at 9:26 a.m.
MickeyRat said...

Boy limric, you use alotta words don't ya. ah cain't claim to understand em all, but I know it's BS. Go back into your closet, you sound gay.

July 21, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Mickey, your post just reinforced everything limric wrote.

July 21, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.
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